For supervisors

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For more information, and to register, see the teaching workshops page.

Providing quality postgraduate supervision

This two-day workshop will take a holistic approach to postgraduate supervision. Issues covered will range from the expectations and role of supervisors through to the examination process and publishing. The emphasis will be on developing an inclusive research culture within departments. This course will be particularly suitable for new supervisors, academics with responsibilities for postgraduate affairs, or those wishing to improve the quality of the supervision they provide.

Tools for writing a research thesis: a workshop for students and supervisors

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with some tools that help with organising and structuring a research thesis and to discuss solutions to issues that often impede timely completion.

Key processes for supervisors of PhD candidates

PhD candidates are very important to Otago, their enrolments continue to grow and supervisors play a crucial role in assisting them to successfully complete their studies. This workshop discusses important aspects of Otago’s PhD processes including selection and admission of PhD candidates; getting off to a good start; progress reporting and confirmation; scholarships; and examinations.

Developing research skills in undergraduates

In this lunchtime session you will be encouraged to share your tips about teaching research skills to undergraduates. We will be discussing a range of ideas from within-lecture activities through to courses and degrees using inquiry approaches.


Postgraduate research: supervision (PDF, 3.7MB)

This booklet outlines Otago students’ perspectives on quality supervision and problems encountered in supervision.

Postgraduate research: candidates (PDF, 2.11MB)

This booklet outlines Otago supervisors’ perspectives on quality candidates and the shortcomings affecting progress.

Electronic books

Thomson, P. (2006) Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for Doctoral Supervision.

This essential guide offers a new approach to doctoral writing, written specifically for doctoral supervisors. Login to the University library’s Ezproxy system to read online or download.